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Born in 1962, Jo spent her childhood on the family farm in Cornwall. Her upbringing, living in the Cornish landscape and the people that she met, is a strong influence on her choice of subject and how she depicts the landscape in her painting. Moving back to Cornwall in 1986, following her time at the University of Sheffield where she read English and European Studies, she returned to painting. Having been taught art at school she now developed her technique of painting by teaching herself. Whilst her pictures have the feel of the early twentieth century landscape painters such as Gilbert Spencer and Eric Ravillious, she has developed her own interpretation of the ancient West Country landscape. The paintings that she exhibited in the early 1990's placed the emphasis on the inhabitants and animals within a landscape. Her more recent paintings of the landscape have taken prominence over the figures and her aim is to gain a greater understanding of the surrounding countryside. She has also undertaken several commissions for greyhounds - the most recent was of 'Farloe Verdict', the winner of the English and Scottish Greyhound Derbys.